The Hall and Redmond subsidized housing project will need at least another $12 million dollars to complete. The general excise tax increase is a boondoggle. It's displacing the very popular SPET tax which will be pushed on us with a vengeance after the November elections are over. There is little hope that the hundreds of millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars that the general excise tax increase would pour into the governments' general funds will make any significant difference regarding traffic and housing. You can't build very many housing units at $100,000 to $500,000 subsidies per unit, and even with a hundred million dollars in subsidies START is only projected to handle 3% of our traffic. Don't believe the propaganda.
rg May 24, 2016
Here's some feedback, from my experience, on "...what kind of incentives can be drafted...to encourage individual property owners to build an ARU.":
-Don't put them through the wringer in the application process. It shouldn't take a year or more.
-Don't attach unnecessary requirements, like engineering studies for buildings that don't need them.
-Don't keep adding more and more fees.
-Don't raise their property taxes if they build an ARU. In fact, give them a tax break. After all, they are helping you solve your problem.
rg May 23, 2016
The man is talking sense. Commendable, but not a great way to win elections.